Moscow: A top Russian security official met the visiting head of the Central Intelligence Agency on Wednesday, AEDT, a rare meeting amid tensions between Moscow and Washington.
Nikolai Patrushev, the powerful secretary of the Kremlin’s Security Council, met with CIA Director William Burns in Moscow to discuss the US-Russia relationship, Patrushev’s office said in a statement without giving any details.
Relations between the two countries are ragged over Russia’s interference in the US election and the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in 2014, its support for a separatist uprising in eastern Ukraine, hacking attacks and other annoyances.
US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a June summit in Geneva in an effort to make relations between their nations more stable and predictable.
They agreed to initiate consultations on arms control and cyber security, while noting areas of continuing disagreement.
Last month, Putin described his relationship with Washington as “rather constructive” and said he had personally developed “functioning, stable relations” with Biden. The Russian leader expressed hope that mutual interests would eventually help normalize US-Russia ties.
Patrushev, a longtime close associate of Putin, is considered one of Russia’s most influential officials.